brake poll

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Yellow Fang, 19 Apr 2008.

  1. V-brakes

  2. rim brakes (other)

  3. disc brakes

  4. drum brakes

  5. back/hub brake

  6. fixed wheel

  1. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    What do you think are the best brakes for commuting:

    1. V brakes
    2. rim brakes (other)
    3. disc brakes
    4. drum brakes
    5. back brake
    6. fixed wheel
    Justify your answer.
  2. col

    col Veteran

    I would go for drum,as they are pretty much weather proof,i guess?So no more hitting the brakes,and getting nothing but a shuddering squeel in the wet.
  3. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Melksham, Wilts
    I have calipers on my road bike they may not be perfect but they seem more effective in the wet than my v brakes on the old MTB were.
  4. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Guildford / London
    Depends - if your bike gets a stand and a secure place to park, then hydraulic disks. No other brake system can touch them.


    If the bike was going to be left in a vulnerable spot, I would rather it wore conventional rim brakes.
  5. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    V-brakes. Cheaper than discs and easier to fettle.
  6. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Oh, I can't choose.
    I've got v- brakes on the MTB and discs on the trike, I can't think of which is best!! Drum brakes are good too, oh what a choice!?

    I think I'm suffering from brake block.
  7. MERV

    MERV New Member

    The Mile End Road
    Same here I cant chose as I haven't used them all.
    Fixed wheel when I have used the in conjunction shimano 105's.
  8. PBancroft

    PBancroft Senior Member

    Discs because that's what I'm used to. I couldn't commute on fixed - but then I have a little more elevation and distance than your average cross city commute.
  9. Until someone develops a road specific (ie small diameter/lightweight/hydraulic) disc setup it has to be fixed.
  10. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Any reason why you wouldn't have discs if you have to leave the bike in the open but secure to a stand - as I'm thinking of a disk braked hybrid for commuting - seems harder wearing then using rim brakes !
  11. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Guildford / London
    Simply because I don't trust other cyclists to take care around my bike, and disk rotors and calipers are at pedal height, perfect for one of those tossers who can't undertand that a bike is more than just a lump of metal to some people. to smash their pedal reapeatedly into whilst trying to line their shiteheap up against the stand.
  12. Iceniner

    Iceniner New Member

    I think that id still be tempted to go with hydraulic brakes even on a commuter (have them on my mtb) just because in wales it rains alot. Ive experienced v brakes not working in the wet and it was pretty scary so i would think twice about using them.
  13. Archie

    Archie Errrr.....

    Hub brakes are the nuts. Bombproof, weatherproof and maintenance free (beyond a shot of grease once a year).

    And I'm not talking about your coaster brake neither, even though they're lumped in together. :becool:
  14. Ivan Ardon

    Ivan Ardon Well-Known Member

    Hard wearing? Try the rod operated stirrup brakes on my roadster. The last brake pads lasted 32 years.

    They didn't produce any noticeable retardation, but they certainly lasted a long while.
  15. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Leith, Edinburgh
    I've only known disc brakes since I took up cycling again two years ago, and I love them. The fact that you never have to worry about stopping power whether it's dry or wet is a huge plus when commuting for me. I remember the awfulness of trying to stop in the rain using the dual pivot brakes on my racer as a teen - always frightening if you were travelling at speed and had to stop suddenly.

    Guess I'll have to adapt again given that I'll be using my new road bike from now until next winter and it has dual pivot brakes....
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